This Tyne Tees Television news special covers the visit of the President of the United States, James ‘Jimmy’ Carter, to the north east of England in May 1977, with commentary and interviews by Bill Steel. Footage includes the run-up to the arrival of the President by Air Force One at Newcastle Airport; a run through of the itinerary of the visit to Newcastle upon Tyne; interviews with representatives of the Corning Ltd glass works in Sunderland and the President’s visit to the factory escorted by British Prime Minister James Callaghan. Includes good footage of the traditional craft of making glass inside Corning.
Footage believed to have been shot by Durham Police Constabulary of pickets at Usworth Colliery near Sunderland during the miner’s strike of 1972. The film shows striking miners picketing at the colliery and negotiating with the police. They are also seen shouting at strike-breakers entering the mine and clapping at those who decide to leave. The film ends with a group of miners turning back a lorry making a delivery to the mine.
A highly visual essay on the North East of England, set to a specially composed musical score. A range of images, often using time lapse, double exposure and slow motion, combine in a colourful montage to present an overview of the region's history and development.
A documentary film that follows the campaign organised by the miners and citizens of the villages of Blackhill and Scremerston in Northumberland to fight the National Coal Board's decision to close the Blackhill Colliery. Following their defeat the film then follows them in their efforts to open a private drift mine at Allerdean.